last year i went on sort of a Rumer Godden bender. she’s good that way, plenty to read. we read The Story of Holly and Ivy together for the first time last December. it’s one of those strange books that are too long to be proper picture books, but have way more illustrations (by Barbara Cooney!) than chapter books normally do. so it’s perfect for reading at bedtime over a few nights. the story is of a girl and a doll who find a true home with each other.
the toys in this book are so much more than simple playthings; they have a lively relationship with their children that seems true to life.